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negative std herpes result but showing symptoms, what's wrong?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Need eval to know.: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed.

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How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

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Contact spread: Herpes is a virus that is spread by contact with infected secretions or body surfaces. There are two types - types 1 and 2. Type one is usually oral and type 2 genital, but both can infect and spread from anywhere on the body. Therefore, while genital herpes is mostly an std, both types can spread other ways, such as birth, diaper changes with infected hands, kissing, etc...
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Does the STD herpes have to be present at the time to test positive ?

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How to have a normal dating life with an STD like herpes?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Learn the prodrome: Many individuals with genital herpes have prodromal symptoms that let them know an outbreak is coming. It is important to know that lesions, especially if draining, are contagious. Most patients with herpes avoid sexual activity during their outbreaks. If outbreaks are frequent, suppressive medication can be helpful. The use of condoms can decrease transmission rate.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

How is herpes diagnosed and is it possible to catch the STD 6 weeks before being tested positive for it?

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Hsv: Blood tests can be done but can also be diagnosed by physical exam (if lesions or symptoms are present). Yes it is possible to acquire this 6 weeks before testing is done.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is herpes is an STD ?

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Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Yes: Genital herpes is almost always a sexually transmitted infection. Oral herpes can either be an STD but can also be transmitted other ways. Best wishes!

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